TSE research and development
Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages any research and development undertaken as part of Australia’s efforts to retain its BSE negligible risk status.
There are currently no research and development projects occurring in the program.
Previous research addressed issues such as:
- laboratory capability for ‘rapid screening tests’ in Australian conditions
- development of a test to detect mammalian protein in animal feedstuffs
- investigation of alternate surveillance strategies.
In the context of the TSEFAP, R&D activities will only be undertaken if they are consistent with purpose and objectives of the TSEFAP research and development project area.
Purpose and objectives
The purpose of R&D in the TSEFAP is to undertake appropriate projects, as required, to support market confidence in Australia’s animals and animal products.
We will achieve this by meeting the following objectives:
- Identify TSE R&D priorities of national significance
- Gain stakeholder consensus on TSE-related R&D priorities
- Secure appropriate funding to deliver R&D priorities
- Efficiently implement R&D outcomes.
The National Technical Committee is responsible for oversight of R&D activities. Membership of this committee is dynamic, depending on the issue being addressed.
Once a priority has been identified, the National Technical Committee will prepare a draft plan for submission to the National Advisory Committee (NAC). If endorsed by the NAC, the plan will be circulated to the broader stakeholder group and funding sought or existing R&D providers leveraged to complete the work.